In my many years of experience in the development sector I have never come across an organization as good and unique as Youth Parliament. my long association with Youth Parliament I have seen them do excellent work, reaching out to the youth quite rapidly and making a difference, quite effectively. As an organization they have grown and evolved extremely well. Any professional organization would envy their learning curve. In fact, I have learnt from them probably more than they have learnt from me. The core organization values and principles have remained consistent. Their unwavering spirit and passion not only inspire the youth but equally all age groups who get attached with them. Well, what else can i say except they are awesome and they truely Rock!
The YP Foundation (YP) is a driven and energetic organisation to work with. It's front-runners, Ishita, in particular, have great vision and commitment to their work and organisational objectives. The fact that they are focused on developin processes and systems tells me that they also understand the need in distributing that passion and commitment so that the organisation does not remain as person-dependent as it currently is. Their programmes, particularly those involving cultural development are brilliantly thought through, and manage to include a lot of the best young talent available in the city.
I met them this year in Bali, and i have been inspired by what they do, their passion and motivation to envision change in all possible ways by empowering youth! They have clear objectives and strategy to charter their path to achieving them, and i personally am looking at the posibility of replicating a similar model for youth related work in Sri Lanka, and the YPF has been a great model to follow. They deserve all possible avenues to expand their great work with youth!
I have seen the YP Foundation develop from a young organization in July 2006 to the more mature, effective, relevant and established organization it is today. I have been impressed by the ability of Ishita Chaudary and the larger YP team to inspire and build agreement in the organization for processes of change. For example, in 2006 the organization was hesitant to raising discussions around organizational values, because it was felt that it would prevent everyone from feeling accepted. When given the feedback that they needed to discuss and take stances on important issues pertaining to values to make sure that they remained relevant as an instrument for social change, they took it to heart and made it happen. As a result, the organization has become more clear in its efforts to include members from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and they have initiated projects that contribute to social change on the ground. My suggestion is that the process of taking stances and proactively addressing inequity and social injustice through establishing programs where the members go through training in understanding themselves, their own identity and relation with society needs to continue and develop further. I believe the YP Foundation is well underway in doing that, and wish them all the best in their work.
The YP astounds me. My most recent interaction was on a short film I helped them make for "Blending Spectrum", their street children project. I saw the dedication and commitment they were willing to put in to make the film as heart felt and real as possible. The glamour of film making wears down once you realize long hours and the tediousness of the job. The volunteers at Blending Spectrum however were up to a challenge and showed maturity in knowing what they wanted to put across through the film. They worked with me as a team and we focused our efforts and pulled off a well made film in a limited time frame.
I have been associated with many of their programs, including a recent series on India's Right to Information law. They have managed to motivate and mobilize a large number of young people, especially students, to get involved with socially important issues. Especially creditable is the fact that they have enthused many young people belonging to the upper middle class who are usually indifferent to social causes.
I have seen members and staff of YP Foundation active during the International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific as coordinators of group discussions, responsible for developing and presenting a youth statement, and networking during ICAAP for youth issues. They were all very pro-active, positive, knowledgeable and wonderful people to work with. Since then, we have maintained contact through e-mail and are currently exploring further opportunities for collaboration to strengthen youth participation and peer education initiatives in India. YP Foundation is really a youth-led youth organisation that is highly professional in its quality of work.
The YP Foundation are a visionary bunch of young people who are unbelievably disciplined and driven. In a time where young people are only busy looking out for themselves, The Youth Parliament sets a fine example of what the Indian Youth should be working on from the grass root level to help develop the country.
The YP Foundation represents India and Indian youths very well in the international arena. We at Today's Youth Asia are very impressed with the greater achievements The YP Foundation that they manages to achieve in less time. We were happy to organize an award ceremony with the President of Nepal for The YP Foundation, and that in itself explains the high performance of the Indian youths and The YP Foundation.
The YP Foundation is a team of very young, bright and committed people promoting people's right to information amongst other things. I have worked with them in the planning of a public event on the right to information. They have systematic and professional approach to the subject they work on. They first equip themselves with the knowledge required to be able to work on the issue in an intelligent manner. Their ability to mobilise the youth in order to spread awareness about the right to information is commendable. They have also begun strategic use of the right to information in order to tackle issues of accountability in the University examination processes and in the functioning of the police. This organisation has a lot of potential and is poised to become one of the leading youth organisations working on governance issues amongst the several other areas that they have chosen.